Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices


The Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices (WVWV), a non-partisan project, will seek to increase young female voter registration and promote voting participation among women in Central Ohio. WVWV will serve as a student voter education and registration initiative aimed at significantly increasing registration and voting by young women. The need for this project is important as we enter into the 2008 elections. In addition, it is important to have a specific focus on young women, as historically this group has not voted in large numbers. In addition to registration of young women voters, education must also occur. Through registration, education and voting, WVWV can empower young women participate in the most vital political process and affect lasting social change.

Only 59.6% of the voting age population in the United States voted in 2004, and only 20.6% of 18-24 year old women voted in the mid-term election of 2002. This is in contrast to the almost 70% of senior citizens that made it to the polls. In 2008, all citizens, especially young women, have enormous rights at stake, regardless of their political affiliation.

This project will direct its outreach to women, 18-24 years of age in Central Ohio. This is the age group, among women, with the lowest voting participation rate. WVWV seeks to empower young women through voter registration, education, and political participation.

As a result of the program:

  • People are behaving differently in the community.
  • More young women will participate in voting.
  • The number of new voters registered will serve as the indicator of the effectiveness of our program.
  • People in the community are more engaged in the issue this program is addressing.
  • More young women will be engaged in the issues and select representatives who will positively impact their lives.
  • The number of people attending our educational workshops will indicate the people in the community who are more engaged around political issues.
  • Specific organizational, local, regional, state, or national policy or practice has changed.
  • When more young women vote, their votes will impact and affect the policy at all levels.
  • Earlier progress on the issues the program is addressing is maintained in the face of opposition.
  • Young women’s participation in voting will increase.

Upcoming Events

WVWV dinner and movie Night
2008-10-28 ~ 2008-10-28
contact: OCA Staff
WVWV, Dinner and a Movie, OSU Multicultural Center
Meet the Candidates Forum 2008
2008-10-05 ~ 2008-10-05
contact: OCA Staff
Sponsor: The Franklin County Consortium for Good Government

Sunday October 5, 2008

St. Thomas More Newman Center at OSU
64 W. Lane Avenue, Columbus OH 43201

Co-Hosts: Organization of Chinese Americans Columbus Chapter, OSU Multicultural Center

1:30 Meet and Greet
2:00 Introduction Welcome, Rules of Engagement
2:06 Ohio House of Representatives, District 24 - Ted Celeste, Tim Rankin
2:22 Ohio House of Representatives, District 25 - Daryl P. Hennessy
2:38 Ohio House of Representatives, District 27 - Jim Hunter, W. Carlton Weddington
2:54 Franklin County Coroner - Jan M. Gorniak, Elaine Lewis
3:04 Court of Appeals, 10th District - John A. Conner, David Goodman
3:15 Court of Appeals, 10th District - Richard D. Brown, Lisa Sadler
3:26 Issues

Time: Sunday October 5, 1:30pm reception and 2pm program.

Location: St. Thomas More Newman Center at Ohio State University, 64 W. Lane Avenue, Columbus 43201

Forum moderated by local news anchors from NBC4, WSYX-TV6, WBNS-10TV and WOSU
Refreshments and Voter Information will be provided.
The event is free and open to the entire community.

For more information, visit:

Student Involvement Fair
2008-09-22 ~ 2008-09-22
contact: OCA Staff
Student Involvement Fair (Voter Registration and Recruitment), all day, OSU Oval
WVWV Meeting
2008-09-30 ~ 2008-09-30
contact: OCA Staff
WVWV Meeting/Dinner, 6:00 p.m., OSU Faculty Club
Candidate’s Forum
2008-10-05 ~ 2008-10-05
contact: OCA Staff
League of Women Voters Candidate’s Forum, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Newman Center
Presidential Debate Viewing
2008-10-07 ~ 2008-10-07
contact: OCA Staff
Presidential Debate Viewing Night, OSU Multicultural Center

What you need to know about voting

Voter Registration

Voter registration drives will occur at events on various campuses and in Central Ohio. Residence Hall voter registration drives and education workshops will be sponsored by WVWV on female only residence hall floors at OSU. These sessions will provide voter education and an opportunity to register to vote. Student ambassadors will conduct these registration drives. These activities will be conducted in Spring Quarter and Fall Quarter of 2008.

Be sure to register early for upcoming elections: All voters must be registered by October 6, 2008 to be eligible to vote in the November 4th General Election.

Voter Education

Familiarize first time voters of the rules and regulations of voting. This includes voter eligibility, effective use of absentee ballots and encouraging voters to learn more about the issues and the candidates.

Voter Participation

Fall of 2008 will be the final push of registration and then voting at the poll. The project will follow-up with young women who have registered to vote making sure that they participate in the election. This will be done through phone drives, poster reminders and residence hall get out the vote initiatives including “bring a friend to vote” and “get a ride to vote” programs.

Required Documents

Voters must bring identification to the polls in order to verify identity. Identification may include a current and valid photo identification, a military identification that shows the voter's name and current address, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document, other than this reminder or a voter registration notification, that shows the voter's name and current address. Voters who do not provide one of these documents will still be able to vote by providing the last four digits of the voter's social security number and by casting a provisional ballot. Voters who do not have any of the above forms of identification, including a social security number, will still be able to vote by signing an affirmation swearing to the voter's identity under penalty of election falsification and by casting a provisional ballot.

Vote Absentee

Absentee ballots for the November 4 General Election will be available on October 2, 2008. There is no longer a requirement to state a reason to vote absentee.

Precinct Election Officials (Poll workers)

During every election cycle, the Franklin County Board of Elections hires thousands of dedicated, community-minded people to serve as precinct election officials. These officials operate polling locations, assist voters, and perform various administrative tasks.


If you are interested in volunteering with the Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices (WVWV) project, please contact us! If you don’t have time to be an ongoing volunteer, you can still help out at any of the following events:

coming soon...

  • Event 1
  • Event 2
  • Event 3
  • Event 4


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For more information about the Women’s Votes Women’s Voices (WVWV) or to get involved in this important work, please contact:

  • Nicole Nieto
  • Intercultural Specialist
  • Women’s Student Services
  • The Multicultural Center
  • 128 Lincoln Tower
  • 1800 Cannon Drive
  • Columbus, OH 43210
  • 614-688-8449
  • email: Nieto.12@osu.edu
  • web: http://www.mcc.osu.edu